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Preview – Unusual Suspects: Cutting Edged Technology

When seconds count, automatic knives can make the difference between life and the Big Hereafter. Given the environments in which these tools operate, it’s even more important they function perfectly every time. Filled with high-tech goodness, these aren’t the el cheapo switchblades of yesteryear. There are federal and state laws regarding automatic knives, and some manufacturers may restrict their sales to military and law enforcement only. So, if you are looking to add an auto to your collection, be sure to do your due diligence.

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Brand: Pro-Tech
Model: TR-2 Shaw Skull
OAL: 7.6 inches
Blade Length: 3 inches
Blade Material: 154 CM
Weight: 3.3 ounces
MSRP: $300
URL: www.protechknives.com
This limited-run version of the popular TR-2 features a Bruce Shaw–designed sterling silver skull and a two-tone 154-CM spear-point blade. Nylon sheath pouch included.

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Brand: Gerber
Model: 06 Auto
OAL: 8.5 inches
Blade Length: 3.70 inches
Blade Material: S30V
Weight: 6.30 ounces
MSRP: $200
URL: www.gerbergear.com
Gerber added G-10 handles to its top-selling 06 Auto to reduce weight, and the pommel features a strike point for emergency egress.

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Brand: Benchmade
Model: 3300 Infidel
OAL: 8.95 inches
Blade Length: 3.95 inches
Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
Weight: 5 ounces
MSRP: $460
URL: www.benchmade.com
Featuring Benchmade’s patent pending double-action out-the-front auto action and bi-directional grips make for a serious edged weapon. Include is a MOLLE compatible sheath pouch.

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Brand: Piranha
Model: Excalibur
OAL: 7.9 inches
Blade Length: 3.2 inches
Blade Material: 154 CM
Weight: 4.4 ounces
MSRP: $550
URL: www.piranhaknife.com
This double-action out-the-front automatic is offered in a dizzying array of colors and finishes, but all feature Type 3 hardcoat anodized 6061-T6 frames and titanium pocket clips.

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